TITLE

A CONGRESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE

AUTHOR(S)
Seiberling, John; Lentfer, Hank; Servid, Carolyn
PUB. DATE
June 2001
SOURCE
Arctic Refuge;2001, p9
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article deals with the 2001 plan of the U.S. government to drill oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Congress, in passing the Alaska Lands Act of 1980, successfully met the challenge and appropriately resolved most of the conflicts between resource exploitation and preserving wilderness values of the state. Thus, despite huge pressure from the oil industry, the act prohibits oil development on all federal land in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). But new voices are clamoring for opening the wilderness to oil exploration. This, despite the fact that government studies indicate that it would produce little oil for the next ten years and then but 1 or 2 percent of the nation's oil consumption. The sad fact is that oil development in ANWR would be devastating to its wildlife and would permanently destroy the wilderness of the area.
ACCESSION #
18327440

 

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